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The ultimate Christmas gift guide for the gamer in your life

Christmas is just three weeks away and the shopping marathon season has begun. If there’s a gaming junkie in your life and you’re not so sure about what gift to pick, you’ve come to the right place.

Do you have a roommate that hasn’t left the apartment since Red Dead Redemption 2 came out? Maybe a significant other who keeps raving about how awesome Spider-Man is while you’re trying to explain your feelings?

Lucky for you, we’ve decided to compile the ultimate wish list of gaming accessories; stuff so good any gamer would go absolutely bonkers for it.

So ready, set… go!

DXRacer Valkyrie Series OH/VB03/NA

A$409 from DXRacer.

DXRacer Valkyrie Series OH/VB03/NA

Gamers can easily spend up to ten hours straight in a single session. Having a good, comfortable chair is not only an essential part of the gaming experience but also an important question of health.

Recommended for slim and average body types, this chair from DXRacer features an ergonomic design with head and lumbar support cushions. It’s also built with a higher backrest to support the entirety of the spinal column from pelvis to neck.

If you enjoy gaming in that uncomfortable wooden stool you picked up one day from the dumpster, imagine plonking yourself on this. You’ll feel like you’re piloting the Millenium Falcon.

Razer Tartarus V2

A$109 from Razer.

Probably the Rolls Royce of gaming pads, the Tartarus is an 8-way directional thumbpad equipped with 32 fully programmable keys. It features an adjustable, softly cushioned palm rest, mid-height keycaps for instantaneous response and flashy backlighting with 16.8 million colour options.

With unlimited macro lengths, game profiles and almost inexhaustible customisation options, this gaming keypad literally puts the absolute control of the game in the palm of your hand.

T.16000M FCS flight stick

A$95 from Thrustmaster.

T.16000M FCS flight stick

The impressive T.16000M is fully ambidextrous, with three removable components that allow it to be set for right-handed or left-handed use. It features 16 action buttons with braille-style physical bumps to make button identification much easier – 12 of these on the base and four on the stick.

It also features four independent axes, including a twist rudder and an ergonomic trigger adaptable for both rapid fire in military games or brakes in civilian flight simulators.

Thrustmaster says their joystick includes a proprietary technology called H.E.A.R.T. that grants this model almost surgical precision.

Ipega 9087 Bluetooth stretching gamepad

A$45.29 from Ipega.

Ipega 9087 Bluetooth stretching gamepad

This innovative gamepad turns your Android devices into something similar to a Nintendo Switch. Smaller than a wallet, this little handset features ABXY buttons, two 3D joysticks, and left and right triggers; all the bells and whistles of a standard game controller.

Razer Kraken headset for Xbox One

A$135 from Razer.

Razer Kraken headset for Xbox One

This headset is specially tuned to deliver clear high and mid-range sounds as well as a deep powerful bass. And although it has one of the best sound outputs in the market, the standout feature of The Razer Kraken Xbox One headset is a nifty audio control unit that fits into the Xbox One controller and allows you to tweak essential media functions – like game and voice chat volume – without having to take your hands off the controller.

Leviathan Mini Bluetooth Speaker

A$246 from Razer.

Leviathan Mini Bluetooth Speaker

This Bluetooth-powered portable speaker is capable of delivering sparkling audio quality on the go. Designed to reproduce crystal clear highs and powerful lows, the Razer Leviathan Mini gives you up to 10 hours of battery life, giving you the ability to take your favourite games and music to the next level. Pump up the volume of this little wonder inside your car and turn your boring cruise to your mother-in-law’s place into a road trip worthy of the Electronic Sports World Cup.

J+S Vision Blue Light Shield Computer/Gaming Glasses

A$38 from J+S.

J+S Vision Blue Light Shield Computer/Gaming Glasses

One of the things gamers usually neglect is their eyes. Blue light typical of electronic devices like televisions and computer displays is known to increase the probability of vision conditions varying in severity from dry eyes all the way to macular degeneration.

These glasses are designed to filter out the high-energy blue light emitted by screens protecting your precious eyes and allowing you to focus on your tasks with less damage. Manufacturers claim the glasses might even reduce fatigue and stress. This is a gift that definitely shows you care.

SteelSeries Arctis 7

A$206 from SteelSeries.

SteelSeries Arctis 7

The Arctis 7 sports a Discord-certified microphone that provides studio-quality voice clarity and impressive background noise cancellation. On top of that, these bad boys are capable of wireless connection with lossless and ultra-low latency audio with 12-metre range.

Stunning surround sound and 24 hours of battery life cap off one of the most impressive headsets in the market today.

Seagate Game Drive for PS4

A$220 from Seagate.

Seagate Game Drive for PS4

With so many great titles coming out, disk space becomes a serious concern for all gamers. Having an external drive to clear your console seems almost imperative these days, and no better manufacturer to safeguard your precious stuff like Seagate.

Available in three sizes (1TB, 3TB and 4TB) this drive not only gives you more storage space but also allows you to take your games anywhere. Want to play your favourite games at a friend’s house? Now you can! The drive features high-speed USB 3.0 which permits full-speed gaming as if you were playing from the internal drive. Just plug your Seagate into any USB port on your PS4 and you are ready to go.

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

A$207 from Microsoft.

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

I don’t really know if this is “the world’s most advanced controller” as it’s marketed by Microsoft. What I can say is that this is a hell of a gadget.

With a simple app, you have access to an insane amount of customisation features that go from adjusting thumbstick sensitivity and assigning button functions to setting minimum and maximum trigger values. The app also allows you to create multiple profiles and switch between them in the middle of a game.

The controller has four slots for interchangeable paddles that you can attach or remove without any tools for even more fine-tuned customisation and ergonomics.

Travel Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch

A$27 from Orzly.

Designed to protect your Nintendo Switch and make it even easier to carry around, this travel case fits the Switch and two Joy-Con controllers and features a spacious inner pocket for accessories. Hard shell, soft interior and comes in seven colours, including a Pokemon edition.

Switch Car Charger

A$27 from Amazon Basics.

Switch Car Charger

Plugs directly into your cigarette lighter socket and allows you to charge your Nintendo Switch on the go. Comes with a two-metre-long cable with ABS connector, short-circuit and over-current protection.

Logitech Driving Force steering wheel

A$550 from Logitech.

Logitech Driving Force steering wheel

Available for PC, Xbox One and PS4. Built with hand-stitched leather, it features dual-motor force feedback, solid steel ball bearings in the wheel shaft and stainless steel floor pedals and paddle shifters. If there is a gadget to take your driving experience to the next step of realism, this is it. This feels even fancier than my car.

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam

A$110 from Logitech.

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam

Streaming sites like YouTube and Twitch have become an intrinsic part of gaming, and Logitech is catering to that market with a series of cameras specially designed to take your streaming to new heights.

The C920 is capable of crisp and detailed HD video (1080p at 30fps) and sports two microphones, one on either side, designed to capture stereophonic, natural-sounding audio.

Most impressively, it’s automatic exposure system is designed to fine-tune streams in real time without blowing them off, always aiming for a rich, contrasted image even if you’re in a dim setting.

MM800 RGB POLARIS Gaming Mouse Pad

A$105 from Corsair.

MM800 RGB POLARIS Gaming Mouse Pad

Durable, precise, flashy. This huge 35cm x 26cm mouse pad features a low friction micro-texture surface designed to provide pixel-perfect tracking no matter the use. 15 individual LEDs will pimp up your battle station with fully customizable combinations.

This mammoth pad also includes a built-in USB port because more is always better, right?

About the author

Filmmaker. 3D artist. Procrastination guru. I spend most of my time doing VFX work for my upcoming film Servicios Públicos, a sci-fi dystopia about robots, overpopulated cities and tyrant states. @iampineros

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